Winter wonderland in Corvallis

Oh no, Corvallis has snow. A paralyzing one to two inches of snow. Since inclement winter weather is such an uncommon occurrence, the town is always unprepared. All Corvallis schools are closed, except for Oregon State University, naturally. OSU campus looks post-apocalyptic because fall term final exams were last week, which means students and [...]

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Smartphones (Android, G1, Shadow II) and Google Chrome

Now that I’ve been back from vacation for a few days, it’s time for a lengthy tech post.
I will most likely get a new cell phone (and two-year plan) sometime between now and the end of October, probably through T-Mobile because their monthly plans are the least expensive. But what phone to choose? There [...]

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Snow in the Quad, flags for Iraq, Fusion Man

Today was the third annual Snow in the Quad rail jam event on the Oregon State University campus. Read an article on last year’s Snow in the Quad in The Daily Barometer. Here’s a YouTube video and some Flickr photos by Blair Cook from last year’s Snow in the Quad. And here are OSU [...]

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Worst Earth Day weather ever?

What is the deal with the weather in Oregon? Still 45 degrees and rainy? Cold thunderstorms on Earth Day? C’mon, the rainy season is supposed to be all but over.
That recent 80-degree weekend was just a tease. It is getting absurdly late in April for consistently crappy days like [...]

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Queen wasp in a bottle = new cat toy

Today we found a wasp on the kitchen ceiling. Seems odd for Oregon in January. I captured it with an empty juice bottle easily.
I originally thought it might be a paper wasp, because we recently had an open-comb wasp nest on the far side of the building. But this wasp was not slender and [...]

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Back from Florida, with links

This week I returned from Florida, where great times were had in the Orlando area, Miami Beach, and Key West. Since I last posted in mid-November, a lot of links have been visited. Here are a few good ones:
Science & Politics
I stopped by the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center while I was in Florida. In [...]

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Body Worlds 3 at OMSI (plus Newport dining)

The past couple of weeks have been filled with regional tennis tournaments and traveling. What’s been great is that the weather in the Willamette Valley this summer (so far) has been very cool and mild. It’s been much more pleasant than last summer (and apparently most of the rest of the country).
I had family [...]

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Pink Martini concert (and Google wireless, obesity)

Friday night I went to see Pink Martini at the da Vinci Days festival in Corvallis on the Oregon State University campus. I also caught some of the opening act, Sneakin’ Out. It was all very good stuff. For those of you who aren’t familiar with them, Pink Martini is an adventurous multilingual lounge [...]

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Marys Peak crime scene (and College World Series)

Today we went hiking at Marys Peak (yes, I’m refraining from using an apostrophe to show possession). Why isn’t it Mary’s Peak anymore? Why?
Anyway, we had a nice hike, literally walking through clouds near the summit at around 4000 feet in elevation. So I don’t bore you too much, here are just a few quick [...]

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Earth Day 2007 equals Grindhouse

So, we were thinking about playing tennis or going for a hike, you know, to recognize that today is Earth Day and all . . . but then the sky clouded up and it started sprinkling.
Which pretty much gave us no recourse but to spend 3 1/2 hours in Regal Santiam 11 watching Grindhouse. [...]

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